Artists / Evelyn Pultara

Skin Name:   Pultara

Language:    Anmatyerre

Region:      Woodgreen Station, Utopia

Dreaming:    Bush tucker Awelye (women’s ceremonial design), Plant totem Bush Yam (atnwelarr) Pencil Yam

 

 

Evelyn Pultara was born in c.1940 at Woodgreen Station, Utopia.  She has been painting consistently since 1997 and paints the bush yam, the Totem she shares with her late aunt Emily Kngwarreye – Australia’s most notable Aboriginal Artist.

The Bush Yam is a native subteranean source of food and water.  A critical woman's role in traditional Aboriginal culture is to collect bush foods. The Yams are collected by digging deep into the soil using sharp digging utensils either made from carved wood or more commonly today, a metal crow bar. The Yams are exposed amongst the root system of the yam bush.

Evelyn is a prolific artist depicting in her works various linear or swirl patterns, using the most vibrant colour palette. Evelyn’s brother is the well known Utopia artist, Greeny Purvis Petyarre, and Evelyn's daughter, Rachael Nambula, is also an emerging artist, depicting the bush yam in a similar style to her mother.

Collections:

National Gallery ofAustralia,Canberra

The Holmes a' Court Collection,Perth

Exhibitions:

2003   Walkabout Gallery,Sydney

2004   Evelyn Pultara, abOrigena,Milan

2005   The Art of Evelyn Pultara, Gig Gallery,Sydney

2005   "Linda Syddick & Evelyn Pultara", Japingka Gallery Fremantle.

2005   First Place, General Painting section of the of the 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2010   Divas on the Cusp – Generation Next of theCentralDesert, Jive Art, Noosa Heads,QueenslandAustralia.  Co curated by Susan McCulloch, McCulloch & McCulloch. 

The following  artwork review is by Adrian Newstead, former Managing Director of Menzies Art Brands, Head of Lawson Menzies Aboriginal art department and a leading Aboriginal art consultant with 30 years experience. Of Evelyn Pultara, he writes:

“Evelyn Pultara was born during the outbreak of World War II at Woodgreen Station, the cattle property adjoining Utopia Station and has now become a senior custodian for her Dreaming the bush yam. She began painting traditional bush tucker and awelye (women’s ceremonial body paint designs) in 1997 but went on to exclusively paint her plant totem, the bush yam.

While rarely indicating any more than necessary about the context of her paintings their content is the pencil yam (atnwelarr) a slender twining plant with yellow pea flowers and edible tubers. This has been an abundant source of food for her Anmatyerr clansmen since the dawn of creation and it is her responsibility to pay homage to it through song and dance in ceremony - and now in art.
Her Dreamings, related through haptic adventures in paint, relate the tales of the mythic totemic ancestors who made the land, its people, and its food. Through their telling and retelling and the depiction of their sites in art, these Dreamings provide a song-map that locates the water holes, ochre pits, food sources, and sacred sites of the artist’s country. It has been said that her paintings impart the rhythm of the yam corroborree enacted and retold for time in memoriam through song and dance.

While Evelyn’s work has been exhibited since the late 1990’s her first solo exhibition was held at the World Vision Gallery in Sydney’s Leichardt. This was followed in quick succession by solo shows in Milan, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2005 she was won first prize in the General Painting section of the of the 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin”.

Works

Bush Yam 2020 by Evelyn Pultara

Bush Yam

Acrylic on Canvas

120 x 90 cm

Tube Yam 2011 by Evelyn Pultara

Tube Yam

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

153.5 x 93 cm

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Tube Yam 2011 by Evelyn Pultara

Tube Yam

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

153.5 x 93 cm

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Tube Yam 2010 by Evelyn Pultara

Tube Yam

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

122 x 92 cm

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Bush Yam Dreaming 2011 by Evelyn Pultara

Bush Yam Dreaming

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

90 x 120 cm

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Tube Yam Dreaming 2010 by Evelyn Pultara

Tube Yam Dreaming

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

154 x 92 cm

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